Traceability - Enright Cattle Co.

Ingrid Clark, Narrator

At Enright Cattle in Tweed, Ontario the Enrights built a value chain with farm-to-fork traceability that can trace every package of meat back to the animal. It's a traceability system that offers flexibility, efficiency and savings in time and money.
Kara Enright, Enright Cattle Co.
And it's a nice asset for our customers too. They seem to be really impressed when we can tell them about our traceability system, so it's a nice advantage to have when you're trying to direct market and sell your product.
The biggest thing, I think, is the ability to do the recall. So if there is ever a need for a recall, we can do a full traceback to where that animal went within a few seconds.
The other nice advantage is time savings. So when we're actually running the cattle through the shoot, rather than the papers blowing all over the place and my pencil or my pen doesn't write anymore, now I can just scan it. Once I've scanned the first animal, I can, you know, enter in the scanner what it is we're doing. Typically we're doing the same thing to all of them. So if we're vaccinating, then I enter in what it is we're vaccinating with and then it's already saved in there, so I just have to basically scan the ear tag of each animal after that. So it makes it really quick for us to keep track of all those records and saves us a lot of labour that way.
And then once that animal leaves here that file follows it. So then when Dad receives the animal and anything that he has to do to it gets added onto their file electronically - so he scans them as well.
And then as the animal leaves, he scans the animal out and it goes over to the abattoir. At the abattoir, that number that ear tag follows that carcass right through the whole process, so once they break that animal down into the different muscles, that number follows each muscle as it gets distributed to each customer. So when I go and pick up the orders, to distribute to the customers, I will scan the label and the label includes things like cut, the weight, the date it was packaged on, the animal that it came from. And then we select the customer that it's going to. So you're basically building a profile or a data list of who did each cut go to. And then we print out an invoice.
When we can actually rebuild the carcass, we can see what type of animal or what type of carcass is generating more income for us and then we're able to focus our efforts on reproducing that specific carcass.
Not only having the ease of mind that you can do a recall so quickly and so easily. It also saves you a lot of money in the end with just your labour savings and just having all that data there at your fingertips that you're able to use to make better onfarm decisions.
Ingrid Clark
To learn more about how Ontario businesses are using traceability to their advantage, visit ontario.ca/traceability.

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